We welcome today’s announcement of the groundbreaking changes to the Challenge Cup format for next season. As previous winners of this competition in 2014, we have a strong interest in its continuing success and so we greatly appreciate the work done by the SPFL Competitions Working Group and Board to give the tournament a fresh lease of life.

In the wake of the recent lack of success by our international teams, a key factor in turning things around on the international stage will be accelerated development and increased experience of the next generation of players. The Challenge Cup will play its part by giving the top young players in Premiership development sides more experience against established professionals.

The introduction of leading Welsh and Northern Irish teams, as well as Highland and Lowland league representatives, into the equation will add another interesting dimension. Supporters often bemoan the ‘boredom’ associated with playing the same teams so often. This change will help address that.

Raith Rovers FC looks forward to competing in (and perhaps even winning!) this invigorated competition.

More details on the changes are available on the SPFL Website.

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